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Camino Padre Sarmiento
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Route of Padre Sarmiento in 10 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
183 km
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8 stages
10 days
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625 €

Historic seaside town of Cambados, in the middle of the Padre Sarmiento Route.
The Route of Father Sarmiento does not form part of the Pilgrims' Roads to Santiagoalthough it could. Join us on the Camino that Fray Martín Sarmiento traced in 1745 in search of plenary indulgence, while admiring the coasts of Pontevedra and Arousa. This 136 km trail follows the beautiful coastline to Santiago de Compostela, passing through vineyards, valleys and rivers. A route full of history, nature and landscapes worthy of the best photographs and unforgettable memories. This route is a Camino over the sea that offers a world of contrasts between valleys and fishing villages.
Follow in the footsteps of Father Sarmiento along the Salnés coastline, land of wine and sea.
Walk among vineyards and beaches and enjoy Albariño wine. at home
Let yourself be seduced by the natural wealth of the Pontevedra and Arousa estuaries.
Historic seaside town of Cambados, in the middle of the Padre Sarmiento Route.
Camino Padre Sarmiento
PS01

Route of Padre Sarmiento in 10 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
183 km
●○○○○
8 stages
10 days
Follow in the footsteps of Father Sarmiento along the Salnés coastline, land of wine and sea.
Walk among vineyards and beaches and enjoy Albariño wine. at home
Let yourself be seduced by the natural wealth of the Pontevedra and Arousa estuaries.
from 625 €
The Route of Father Sarmiento does not form part of the Pilgrims' Roads to Santiagoalthough it could. Join us on the Camino that Fray Martín Sarmiento traced in 1745 in search of plenary indulgence, while admiring the coasts of Pontevedra and Arousa. This 136 km trail follows the beautiful coastline to Santiago de Compostela, passing through vineyards, valleys and rivers. A route full of history, nature and landscapes worthy of the best photographs and unforgettable memories. This route is a Camino over the sea that offers a world of contrasts between valleys and fishing villages.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Reinforced breakfasts*.

Full documentation

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

* The reinforced breakfasts may vary depending on the accommodation. They usually include a buffet or are larger and more calorific than a normal breakfast, as they are designed for a higher energy expenditure during your route.

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Welcome to Pontevedra, where the Route of Padre Sarmiento begins.

We welcome you to this Route of Padre Sarmiento, a perfect alternative to Santiago de Compostela that can be done in the following way in 7 days or complete, as we present it to you in this programme. On your first day you should arrive in Pontevedra, one of the Galician capitals with the most striking historic centre. We recommend a leisurely stroll through it, stopping off at the curious church of La Peregrina and the church of Santa María, built by the once-powerful Guild of Seafarers.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Madrid or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Galicia Palace or similar

Day 2. Stage Pontevedra - Sanxenxo

Distance: 25.4 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Sanxenxo

The Route of Padre Sarmiento begins by leaving the city, through the same place where the pilgrims of the Portuguese Way leave: the bridge of O Burgo. You will soon leave this route and the coastline of the Pontevedra estuary will guide you. This first stage will give you a glimpse of two key points. The first is the imposing monastery of San Xoán de Poio. You can visit its cloisters and one of the largest granaries in Galicia, a testimony to the importance of this ancient Benedictine monastery. The second is Combarro, a village of narrow streets overlooking the sea, lined with traditional fishermen's architecture. Walk along hórreos (granaries) and cruceiros (stone crosses). From there the route continues along a coast full of coves, inlets and elevated corners with great views as you head towards the end of the stage in Sanxenxo, one of the most touristy towns in Galicia.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Casa Román or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Carlos I Silgar or similar

Day 3. Stage Sanxenxo - O Grove

Distance: 25.9 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
AccommodationO Grove

The second stage begins leaving Sanxenxo behind and walking along the outermost part of the Pontevedra estuary, until you leave it for good and face the open ocean. The urban beaches quickly give way to a more natural area with views of the Ons Islands.

Before reaching your destination in O Grove, we recommend you stop at the hermitage of A Lanzada, a place full of magical elements and ancestral reminiscences and one of our favourite spots on this Padre Sarmiento Route. In addition to the hermitage and the remains of a defensive tower erected to warn of Viking raids, you can see a partially excavated Celtic settlement, and discover the ancestral fertility ritual of the nine waves that is still celebrated today.

After this stop, the route continues along the long, open sea beach of A Lanzada until you reach the peninsula of O Grove. You will end up in the town that gives it its name. And here's a hint: if there is a "seafood capital" in Galicia, this is it. Don't miss it!

Standard accommodation:
Hotel La Noyesa or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Thalasso Louxo La Toja or similar

Day 4. Circular stage of O Grove

Distance: 29.2 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationO Grove

The third stage of this route is circular, which means that you will return to sleep in O Grove. The aim of the day is not to "move on", but to abandon yourself to a stroll through the natural excellences of this peninsula.

You can start on the neighbouring island of A Toxa, which can be reached by a bridge, and which houses a curious chapel covered entirely in scallop shells. From there, you will see beautiful views of the island of Sálvora, archaeological sites, lagoons and an open-air museum, culminating, 3 km from the end of the stage, at the Siradella viewpoint, which offers the most privileged views of the immense Arousa estuary.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel La Noyesa or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Thalasso Louxo La Toja or similar

Day 5. Stage O Grove - Cambados

Distance: 22.5 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Cambados

The third stage of this Route of Father Sarmiento will consist of bordering the southernmost part of the Ría de Arousa, walking among marshes and vineyards. It is not by chance. You are approaching Cambados, the centre of the Albariño culture, probably the wine most associated with Galicia.

On your arrival in Cambados you will find the fishing quarter of Santo Tomé, which still has the remains of one of the towers that formed part of the defensive system of the so-called Sea of Santiago. From there, the route becomes urban as you enter the Royal Town and approach Fefiñáns, the historic quarter at the end of which you will find the imposing pazo of the same name. Don't forget to drink an Albariño to our health!

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Europa or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Real Cambados or similar

Day 6. Stage Cambados - Illa de Arousa - Vilanova de Arousa

Distance: 25,3 km / 35,1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Vilanova de Arousa

Fifth stage of this Route of Padre Sarmiento, which begins among vineyards and passes the tidal mill of A Seca. You will soon come across the modern bridge (2 km) that connects the mainland with the island of Arousa, the largest and most populated island in Galicia. You will have to take the bridge's walkway to reach the only island municipality in Galicia, where you can enjoy an idyllic place marked by fishing tradition and surrounded by the most beautiful beaches. The fishing port of O Xufre, the Punta Cabalo lighthouse, the Os Cons route (large granite rocks sculpted by the wind and waves) and the Con do Forno viewpoint are just some of the attractions this island has to offer. And, if you feel like extending your stay on the island and are not in a hurry to reach the end of the stage, we recommend you venture into the Punta Carreirón natural park, at the southern tip of the island, extending the route by almost 10 km. At the end, you will have to return over the bridge to cover the last 7 km of the day, quickly reaching the neighbouring Vilanova de Arousa. There, the Ruta del Padre Sarmiento joins up with the Spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Alpina or similar

Premium accommodation:
Benito House or similar

Day 7. Stage Vilanova de Arousa - O Carril

Distance: 11.3 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: O Carril / Vilagarcía de Arousa

The seventh day is to regain strength from the long stage of the previous day with a much shorter route that will take you to Vilagarcía de Arousa, a small port town that took over from Cambados when its port was no longer accessible to the big ships of today.

The walk will give you the opportunity to continue contemplating the magnificent natural landscape of the largest estuary in Galicia, with some highlights such as the sandy beach of As Sinas and the seaside enclave of Vilaxoán. You will soon reach Vilagarcía, passing in front of the Pazo de Vistalegre, which together with its Convent form an architectural ensemble of great value. From there, the most urban section of this route will take you to the beach of Compostela and, at the end of it, to the fishing village of O Carril, built right in front of the island of Cortegada - a protected area where the largest laurel forest in Europe grows and which frames a shellfishing area that can be seen with the naked eye at low tide.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Vilagarcía or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Pazo Rial or similar

Day 8. Stage O Carril - Padrón

Distance: 25.6 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
AccommodationPadrón : Padrón

Penultimate stage of this complete Route of Padre Sarmiento that will take you to the confluence with the Portuguese Way to Santiago. Before that, however, you will pass through Catoira, where it is obligatory to visit the ruins of the Torres de Oeste, built in defence of Compostela and which guard the point where the river Ulla opens definitively into an estuary.

Going up it, you will reach Pontecesures and, crossing it from there, you will enter Padrón, where the main itinerary of the Portuguese Way converges. Here you will notice a considerable increase in the number of walkers: they are pilgrims on their way to Santiago and stop in this village to spend the night, like you. Do not leave without visiting the pedrón de Santiago, where legend has it that the disciples who brought the mortal remains of the apostle to Galicia moored their stone boat before continuing their journey on foot.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Rosalia or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Monumento Pazo de Lestrove or similar

Day 9. Stage Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 24.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

Last stage of your journey to Santiago de Compostela. In Padrón the Route of Padre Sarmiento, the Portuguese Way and its Spiritual Variant converge, so the last kilometres that separate you from the finish line will be more crowded than the previous ones.

The Camino will take you through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric was based before the discovery of the remains of St. James in what is now Compostela, and through the sanctuary of A Escravitude, before reaching the most urbanised section, crossing O Milladoiro and entering the holy city from the south.

At the end of the stage you will find yourself at the gates of the old city of Santiago, crossing the now invisible Porta Faxeira, just as Fray Martín Sarmiento did in 1745. Congratulations: you have reached your goal.

Standard accommodation:
Deniké Guesthouse or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Virxe da Cerca or similar

Day 10. Discover Compostela

There's nothing better to end the Padre Sarmiento Route than a stroll through the old city. Compostela Cathedral and the squares that surround it are a must, but once you have visited them, let your intuition guide you through its cobbled streets and don't miss the University -one of the oldest in Europe- and the Mercado de Abastos, full of life and incredible products.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Ruta del Padre Sarmiento is an easy route, designed for walkers of all fitness levels. As the paths follow the coast for almost the entire length of the route, you can expect very little in terms of gradients. The hardest stage is Cambados - Illa de Arousa - Vilanova de Arousa, but only if you extend it through the natural park of Punta Carreirón. In that case, the route can reach 35 km. Otherwise, it is a stage with low difficulty.

This route is for you if you are looking for friendly coastal landscapes and an easy route, combining walking with the discovery of some small coastal villages and the magnificent seafood gastronomy of Galicia.
The best times to walk this section of the Galician Rías Baixas along the Padre Sarmiento Route are spring and autumn. In the central months of the year, the route is perfectly feasible, but the whole area receives a large number of visitors looking for sun and beach, so there tends to be less availability in accommodation. If you are doing it in summer, make sure you book as far in advance as possible. In winter, the route is also feasible, but rainfall is frequent and can be locally heavy. In addition, a significant proportion of the accommodation is closed, so additional transfers may be necessary.
The Padre Sarmiento Route can be covered entirely on foot, so no transfers within the route are necessary. Transfers can be arranged to and from the airports for both arrivals and departures.
On the Padre Sarmiento Route there are different types of accommodation, which we have divided into two categories: standard and premium. In this article you can read more about the accommodation categories we use.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.